Economists are agreed that the great inventions which were made in the latter part of the eighteenth century wrought so great a change in the industrial life of Western Europe and in North America that the nineteenth century can approximately be called the period of the “industrial revolution.” What those changes were and what great social problems gave rise to, Josiah Strong will tell us, as no other man can, in his lecture next Monday night in Auburn Hall. The lecture will be illustrated.

50 Years Ago, 1955

Man’s highest structure, Channel 9’s new TV tower at Oklahoma City, is so tall that if a construction worker should drop a bolt from the top, it would take 10 seconds to hit the ground traveling at a speed of 240 miles per hour. From the top of the 1,572 ft. structure, 100 ft. taller than the highest TV antenna on the Empire State Building, you can see 60 miles away. Perched on top, you’re 2,767 ft. above sea level. You could build six miles of sidewalk with the concrete used on the base of the tower and guy anchor. With the 770 gallons of paint used in each coat put on the tower, you could paint 154 average five room houses. A wind of 150 miles per hour could blow steadily without damaging it. There are 5 ½ miles of cable holding the tower.

25 Years Ago, 1980

Area residents who know where their water pipes lie underground on their property may find it beneficial to put “two feet of hay or mulch” over that area. Snow, which normally insulates ground and pipes, is obviously lacking this winter, and frost has been driven deeper into the ground, according to Charlie Gould, agent for the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Maine at Orono. The result could be first, frozen, then, bursting pipes, Gould explained. He recalled that “10 to 15 years ago” there was a poor snow cover, and “a lot of problems developed.” Pipes burst and had to be dug up and relaid.

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